Piers Morgan hits out at 'disgusting' death threats
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Piers Morgan, 56, has hit out at Prince Andrew, 61, following claims that he has reportedly told the Queen, 94, and senior officials that he wants to attend his father Prince Philip’s farewell as an Admiral. Her Majesty is expected to make a decision on Andrew’s outfit for the funeral in the next 24 hours, according to reports.
The Duke of York, who stepped back from public duties as a Senior Royal following controversy over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein 18 months ago, was made an honorary Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy on his 55th birthday in 2015.
Prince Andrew was set to be promoted to Admiral on his 60th birthday last year.
However, the royal offered to defer the role until he returned to public life following the Epstein scandal.
Piers erupted at Prince Andrew over the reports after praising the Queen for returning to work just four days after her husband Prince Philip died at the age of 99.
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He said of the monarch: “She’s certainly in a very different class to her son Prince Andrew, whose long-time friendship with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has cast one of the worst shadows over the Royal Family in modern times.”
Piers then continued to fume in his latest column: “To understand the full magnitude of the Prince’s brass neck, consider today’s revelation by the Daily Mail’s royal editor Rebecca English that Andrew has demanded he be allowed to wear an Admiral’s uniform for the funeral on Saturday.”
He went on to argue: “Obviously, he hasn’t actually earned either of these titles. He retired from the Navy in 2001 after reaching the lesser rank of Commander.
“Yet his request to attend the funeral as an Admiral when he has so far failed to either clear his name or return to public duties is completely outrageous.
“How dare he ‘demand’ anything given his refusal to be interviewed by the FBI about a very serious sex crime investigation?
“And of all the things Her Majesty the Queen has to think about this week, the question of what uniform Andrew should be allowed to wear should be so far at the bottom of the list of priorities that it has barnacles clamped to it.”
Piers then slammed Prince Andrew in light of his comments about his father Prince Philip encouraging him to show “compassion and leadership” in one of their final conversations before his death.
The former Good Morning Britain presenter added to MailOnline: “If he wants to tell the world that his father urged him to show ‘compassion and leadership’ in one of their final conversations, then he could start by showing compassion to Epstein’s poor victims and leadership by telling the FBI everything he knows.
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“Until or if he does, Prince Andrew remains a royal unfit for purpose, and I don’t see want to see any more media interviews with him or hear about any more of his ‘demands’ to wear a b****y Admiral uniform.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the reports about Andrew’s outfit last night, saying: “Funeral arrangements are being finalised and we will announce them accordingly.”
Prince Andrew was accused by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, of having sex with her twice when she was 17.
Andrew has strongly denied all allegations against him.
After Prince Philip’s death, Andrew said: “We’ve lost the grandfather of the nation,” and shared that the Queen had said her husband’s passing has “left a huge void in her life”.
Andrew then revealed in a statement: “My father said to me on the telephone a few months ago, ‘We are all in the same boat and we must always remember that, but occasionally we, the family, are asked to stand up and show compassion and leadership’.
“And unfortunately, with my father’s death, it has brought it home to me, not just our loss, but actually the loss that everybody else has felt, for so many people who have died and lost loved ones during the pandemic.
“And so, we are all in the same boat – slightly different circumstances because he didn’t die from COVID, but we’re all feeling a great sense of loss.”
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